Thursday, February 16, 2006
Certain actresses blow you away with their talent, some entrance you with their charm; and there are others you love, well, because. For years the Siren has maintained the softest of soft spots for the lady above. Where, may the Siren ask, is the revisionist Blog-A-Thon for Lana Turner? After all, when she died she merited a heartfelt tribute in the New Yorker by no less a literary light than John Updike. February 8 was Lana Turner's birthday, and the Siren is very sorry to have missed it. The fun folks at CoolCinemaTrash.com have an entry up on By Love Possessed that is, as usual, a hoot (though it seems to have been edited a bit oddly). The Siren's favorite Lana moment, however, will always be that walk down the stairs at the end of Ziegfeld Girl. You can quibble all you want with other aspects of Lana's acting, but when it came to walking, she was second to none. For absolutely everything you could possibly want to know about Lana, check out Lana Turner Online.
(Top, Lana pushes a broom with aplomb in The Postman Always Rings Twice. Bottom, Lana's climactic moment from Ziegfeld Girl, courtesy of The Lou Valentino Collection.